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Forest River Sees West Coast Open House Grow

July 29, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Forest River Inc.’s West Coast Operations is expecting between 150-200 dealership personnel to attend its upcoming West Coast Open House, set for Aug. 18-20 at its manufacturing plant in Harrisburg, Ore. Paul Eskritt, a general manager for Forest River, said the company would have as many as 100 units displayed during the three-day open house – mostly towables built by Forest River’s West Coast Operations located in Oregon and California along with a number of other towables and motorhomes... Read more

Changes Made in RV Tech Certification Program

July 28, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Sharonne Lee Taking a candidate test is no longer a mandatory first step as part of the industry’s RV Service Technician Certification Program, according to Sharonne Lee, senior director of education for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). In addition, the amount of education training hours required for recertification was reduced from 40 to 20 hours, provided the technician has met the continued employment requirement of having worked in the RV industry for at least four of the... Read more

RVIA: Shipments Up 3% in June; Rise 5.5% YTD

July 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Wholesale shipments to retailers of all RVs improved modestly in the June survey of manufacturers, rising 1% over the previous month and up 2.9% over the June total one year ago.  June’s increase reversed May’s small decline and returned RV shipments to its more recent trend line. Through June, RV wholesale shipments have now risen to 202,653 units, ahead of last year’s results by 5.5%. At a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of nearly 370,000 units, the mid-year total was the best since... Read more

RVIA Continues to Grow ‘TnT’ Training Program

July 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) is rapidly progressing with plans to roll out the Technicians in Training (TnT) program nationally by the end of the 2016 fiscal year which would be a full year sooner than originally planned. According to a report in RVIA Today Express, the TnT program brings technician training directly to local areas or RV dealerships. It is designed to increase the awareness of and participation in industry technician training and certification programs by having... Read more

SSI: Towable Sales Rise 11.2% in May, 16% YTD

July 21, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Year-over-year towable RV retail registrations grew 11.2% in May and 15.9% for the first five months of 2015, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI). Results by category showed: Sales for the high volume travel trailer segment jumped 15.7% for the month and 19.3% year-to-date. Fifth-wheel registrations edged up 2% for May and 9.5% for the first five months. Folding camping trailer sales were down 14.4% for the month and 7.3% year-to-date. Park model RV sales... Read more

RV One To Sell Winnebago Motorized Products

July 20, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

RV One Superstores Inc., with five locations in Florida, New York and Iowa, has announced it will begin selling motorized products manufactured by Winnebago Industries Inc. According to a company announcement, RV One will offer 2016 Winnebago gas and diesel motorhomes beginning with the Largest Motor Home Show in New York State. The consumer show will run July 31 to Aug. 2 at the Turning Stone Casino Resort in Verona N.Y.  In the same announcement, RV One spokesmen said the retailer surpassed... Read more

Startup Vanleigh Producing Vilano Fifth-Wheels

July 18, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Vilano 365RL interior by Vanleigh RV After a January open, Vanleigh RV, the newest manufacturer to join the luxury fifth-wheel segment, recently began shipping units of its first model and floorplan, the Vilano 365RL. The initial retail sale was reported at Mississippi-based Sherman RV. “We’re very excited to be at this point,” said National Sales Manager Ryan Ellson. “We’re not getting ahead of ourselves, but our goal over the next many years is to expand, continue to offer more... Read more

SSI: Motorized Sales See 11.1% Increase for May

July 16, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

May motorhome retail registrations rose 11.1% compared to the same period a year ago while sales for the five months grew 12.8%. According to the latest report by Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI), Forest River Inc. was the motorized sales leader through May with a 27.8% market share, ahead of Thor Industries Inc. (25.2%) and Winnebago Industries Inc. (19.4%) share. Sales in the Class A motorhome market gained 13.9% for the month and 10.2% year-to-date. Thor led the segment with a 25.7% market... Read more

Campers Inn Buys Clem’s, Media Camping Center

July 13, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Campers Inn RV, headquartered in Kingston, N.H., and one of the nation’s largest family-owned RV dealerships, has acquired Media Camping Center in Hatfield, Pa. and Clem’s RV & Trailer Sales in Stafford, Va., and Ellwood City, Pa. In addition, Jeff Hirsch, president of Campers Inn RV, hinted that there could be more acquisitions to be announced in the near future. Terms of the deals were not disclosed and Media Camping Center’s location in Media, Pa., is not part of the acquisition and... Read more

NTP-Stag Parent LKQ Buying Coast Distribution

July 9, 2015 by · 3 Comments 

LKQ Corp. and The Coast Distribution System Inc. today (July 9) announced that they have signed a definitive agreement for LKQ to acquire Coast for $5.50 per share in cash. LKQ is parent to Keystone Automotive Operations Inc. and NTP-Stag. According to a news release, Coast is a leading distributor of replacement parts, supplies and accessories for recreational vehicles primarily to retail parts and supplies stores, service and repair establishments, and new and used RV dealers in North America.... Read more

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